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Cape Perpetua

Of all the beautiful places in the world, the Oregon coast is still one of my favorites. It has a palpable raw energy in its forests and in the ocean crashing against the rocks. The area has an ancient soul, a place where one can feel the tree spirits, the animal spirits and the rock spirits.

Treacherous cliffs dive into the Pacific Ocean, sending foamy waves to meet the oncoming surf from across the world.

Trails meander from sand beaches and rocky plateaus into old growth forests where the Ents of Fangorn from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings have come to life. They guard the undergrowth with craggy branches and shadowy, hobbit-sized holes in their living trunks. One is almost fearful to walk too loud, lest they awake and snatch you from the path.

The dampness of the rain forest is a constant companion. In the evening, a cloud blanket rolls in from the distant horizon, like a fog in a B sci-fi movie. It comes closer and larger until it covers the beach, the rocks, and the forest. Under this shroud of cloud, our campfire is uncomfortable, perhaps too well aware of it’s old enemy:  water.

On the rocky crags, the Pacific churns into the crevices with deadly force. Or it blows through holes creating a geyser of salty spray. In some places, the ocean decorates the sand beaches with a driftwood forest.

We camped at Cape Perpetua, originally named in 1778 by Capt James Cook while looking for the western entrance to the mythical Northwest Passage.  In those same ancient bays, whales still cruise for dinner, oblivious of us onlookers.

In 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps which President FDR formed to put people to work during the Great Depression, built a stone shelter on the highest point of the coast. At 800 feet above sea level, one can see 37 miles out from the shore. The shelter was used as a lookout during World War II. Maybe we should stay up here and watch for North Korean missiles.

 

Show Bar Sunset Lounge

Show Bar is the best place in Taiwan to watch the sunset with a drink and tapas. If you’re ever in the southern part of Taiwan, near Kenting or Hengchun, this is the place to visit for happy hour.

Show Bar is the best place in Taiwan to watch the sunset with a drink and tapas.

In one of those beautiful ironies, Show Lin, opened a bar where the “show” is the sunset. We met her through couchsurfing and enjoyed the moments we spent with her. She’s one of those true Citizens of the World that are such a pleasure to meet.DSC00282

Show will make you a drink with which to enjoy the beautiful show.

Deena and Show
Show makes the drinks
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Located on a penisula, the view is also impressive from the cow field out back of the bar.

About the Bus Ride to Jaco Beach: Good News and Bad News

First, the bad news. There’re enough stories on the Interwebs about tourists being robbed on the bus in Costa Rica to make one cautious. As cautious as we were, the bus driver and his companion opened our luggage while it was under the bus and robbed Deena’s shoes. They were Keens and the only pair of comfortable, hot weather walking shoes she brought.

Since we were watching the luggage compartment, it was a pretty slick trick. They must have done it while the bus was loading and probably from the other side of the bus. The thieves don’t take the whole checked baggage because then the bus driver would be responsible. If they remove something from your luggage, you won’t notice until later and then it’s too late to report it. It’s a shame both that they feel so poor that they rob their passengers, and also that they ruin their country’s reputation for such a small sum.

The good news is that we got there in time for a Pacific coast sunset and happy hour. The next day, Deena found a new pair of Keens in this little town that fit perfectly. We’re back in the walking business!

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